Round The World Trip

By Yifat & Andrey Shirben

Long time, Hawaii

Wow, we haven’t written for quite some time, looks like our last post was from Japan, more than 6 months ago…
It’s not that we didn’t travel or do anything interesting, but were probably too lazy (or got too adjusted to the Ozzy lifestyle :)).
Anyway, we’re in Hawaii now (Maui) and here are some highlights from our whereabouts on the islands:

First of all, the whole trip almost started from the left foot (or actually almost hasn’t started) due to the volcanic ash that covered Australia & New Zeland and cause some flights havoc, but I guess we’ve got lucky and flew out of Sydney right on schedule and after about 9 hour flight landed in Honolulu at Oahu island. We’d landed in the morning and headed right to Waikiki beach, where our hotel was, but apparently the whole Hilton reservation system was down for half a day and we couldn’t get our room, so we “had” to stroll on the beach and the surrounding area.
Can’t say that I really understand what’s all the buzz around Waikiki and to us it looked like some sort of mix between Key West, Gold Cost & Eilat…

In the evening (after finally getting our room), we went to hunt for some action, well, we were mainly interested in a place that has pool tables and some decent food and following recommendation from one of the bell boys, ended up at Da Big Kahuna bar, where the umbrella decorated drinks tradition started:

On the 2nd day, after waking up at about 2pm, we decided to stretch our legs a bit and went to the Diamond Crater (the reserve is 10 min. by bus from Waikiki), climbing all the way to the top spot and apparently you can make it all the way with flip flops :) The scenery from up there is very nice, definitely a worthwhile climb.
Afterwards some beach time, but again, can’t say we liked this beach that much. We ended the night at the P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, which was actually pretty good.

On the 3rd day, we’d tried to¬† wake up earlier, but it didn’t really work out… We caught a bus to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and got there just on time to hire some snorkeling gear and jump into the water for some local fish encounter and even a cute green sea turtle.

The 4th day (after eventually managing drag ourselves from bed before midday) we decided to dedicate to Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum. All in all an experience that is recommended, especially if all you know about Pearl Harbor is based on the movie…

We left Oahu the day after and flew to Maui (22 min. flight), got our rented Wrangler Unlimited (yeah, yeah, we became Jeep lovers) and started the famous Road to Hana, not before stopping at Cafe des Amis at Paia for lunch (great place, delicious crepes, kinda reminded us Squat & Gobble in San Fran). The Road to Hana – we’ve read in dozen of places that this is the most beautiful road in the world and now after spending 2 days on the road to Hana and a bit beyond and back, we definitely recommend it to anyone who comes to Hawaii, it’s truly magical!


Posted in North America 7 years ago at 9:53 AM.

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